Distinguished Highlanders

Tina LaScalea-Sehlhorst - staff

Oak Hills has been a major part of Tina’s life for a span of over four decades. She attended C.O. Harrison Elementary School, Delhi Jr. High and is a proud Highlander 1975 graduate. Her older brother, Gary '72,  dubbed her a high school “rah-rah.” Tina’s involvement in high school clubs and activities is legendary and many of the friendships formed during those years remain to this day. She has been a Highlander “rah-rah” ever since. 

In 1986 Tina started teaching second graders at C.O. Harrison Elementary School and for the last 34 years, she has taught countless Colonels to love reading and learning. Each school day her passion for childhood literacy has reflected the Victor Hugo quote, “To learn to read is to light a fire.”

From the beginning of her career, she has embodied the idea that all children can achieve at high levels if given enough time, love and resources. She is typically given the high honor and privilege of teaching special needs students and many at-risk students. Tina’s talkative and playful personality has found its way into her classroom. Peek in the door and see her using puppets to teach difficult concepts and it may make you wonder about her sanity. Sometimes you’ll find her sporting a hot pink feather boa, wearing cat-eye sunglasses as “Madame Fletcher” demonstrates the techniques of good handwriting. On a weekly basis, she eats lunch with her students as a reward for hard work and good behavior. The wages for her work and passion for children and learning has been the love from her students, the gratitude of many parents and the respect of her colleagues. She was nominated 2003 Southwest Ohio Mathematics Teacher of the Year and in 2009 she was chosen as the C.O. Harrison PTA Teacher of the Year.

As a young teacher, a colleague of hers fixed her up with a history teacher, Bob Sehlhorst, from Delhi Jr. High. They were married on a small Greek fishing Island by the local village mayor and town taxicab driver and they honeymooned in Egypt. Where else would a true historian go to get married? Tina and Bob went on to have three little Highlanders, Bridget 2007, Eric 2009 and Alex 2011. The years were filled with “shop talk” at the dinner table, PTA meetings, taxiing children around and managing to survive in the chaotic world of a working mom.

When not teaching Tina can be found spending time with children, grandson, friends and hosting celebrations in glorious Over-the-Rhine, where she now resides. Pending her retirement in 21 days, 18 hours and 57-minutes you will find her under a palm tree, watching her grandson frolic in the sand, with a book and fruity drink in her hand.

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Tina LaScalea